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Riku: changes by rubyd Riku: changes by rubyd
Though by the time you read this text, you probably already saw the pic. ^^;
Don't read on if you don't wanna know!!



Growing pains, ne?

This picture is about Riku's transformation into Ansem (aka, Xehanort's Heartless), when he opened himself to the power of darkness again. You could see it as a follow up to my "Riku: self-inflicted" [link] piece. Not very happy here. :( Trauma happens. Of all the characters in KH, Riku is the one who changed the most, inside as well as outside. He had to face a lot of things about himself, and his friends, experience hardships, but in the end I am happy that he survived to become a stronger (if more somber) person.

Edit: A little more description. Riku's halfway through the process of "changing" into Ansem's physical body, hence the odd hair, and eyes. Later at the end of KHII when Riku returns to his normal self, the blindfold is there when it wasn't on Ansem. I assume it just got, uh, absorbed or something, so I tried to portray that with the blindfold disappearing. I won't argue with Squeenix logics, since we already know their opinion on gravity (FF7 AC, anyone?).

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yayalizz Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
WOW. THIS. IS. AMAZING. I really loved his expression!
dracolynx27 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
but he learned to control the seeker of darkness after a bit and used it to get roxas back
Thesuperninjax Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Pikachu Crying Plz 
Ballazan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
you know he just tossed it away to use Ansem's power, right?
ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Writer
It's a very well-done piece. His expression really shows his pain, I think.
Raxemi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Writer
Scary... aw hell, like there's any logic to...


Nope, still really freaking scary. And apparently painful in more ways than physical...

You manage to portray emotions awesome by the way :) Really nice job here!
unleashedclub Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't we all know that graviy only is a suggustion to them
auress Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thats what makes me so fascinated about completely fascinated how riku becomes xehanort's heartless
lovelyjuliexo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconcomebackplz: riku come back!
Blackfoxtails Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I've always loved this pic, especially the way it was colored I am glad I finally get to meet the own of this art.
ShadowRebirth37 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there! I'd like to alert you to a tumblr blog that has stolen this image- [link] Sorry about this, but I wanted to warn you.

I absolutely love the picture; you can really feel the emotion.
Randomtomax Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
OMG this looks awesome!
Tsukasa57 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
amazing simple amazing
Ilada-Jefiv Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your style! :love:
Randomtomax Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
This looks awesome and man I wish they made it so he was a mermaid in Alantica...............
EragonJediGirl357 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
DANG, Riku's waaaay up on my fave list and this REALLY looks painful... poor guy...
Johnny-Bruno Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
poor him
cyberthehedgehog15 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
XsnowballstailX Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Awesome yet sad. A very bittersweet picture.
vai-russ Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Have you never read the anime laws of physics? It applies to video games as well. 8B

At any rate, nice picture! =owo=
DawnsGleamingFlower Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
god now i want a riku plushie to hug so much >_< this picture shows that its defintly painful for riku to turn into ansem ;_;
La-Anime Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student General Artist
so sad how he had to do that to stop roxas.....:(
Nega-Knucklesluvr Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
awww thts so sad! :( poor riku he can never truely be himself again..
EvanesenceSoul Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to admit, you are a natural with the Wacom tablet.

Its amazing to see art done very well such as this one in unusual or typically unthought of such as Riku changing to Ansem(Seeker of Darkness). Not many people have the mind to experiment into odd subjects, so you've definitely gone the imaginary lengths. ;)

You are an outstanding artist :)
Krazy-Kira-Lynn Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Love it! ^_^ *faves*
GerudoValley Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
On the plus side, he got the Guardian as his partner. :)
akurokufangirl324255 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
its really cool
oddly enough i find it very sexy
So awesome, but so sad! I have no useful critique though, I'm sorry
Anakel Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
this is awesome. you feel the sam pain with him when you see this picture. it was not an easy decision to chose the dark side. but it was the only chance to beat roxas. riku's my hero. <3
Kamuiofthewolves Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
He looks like he's in so much pain. D: Poor Riku, you can really see it on his face in this pic, and I love it. *hugs him* :cry: :+favlove:
Rezurii-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so awesome! D:
BloodTears19 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Really beatiful, i can see emotions in his eyes... good job!
Jen-Sunshine96 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
OMFG faved. Faved a million times. This. Is. Amazing. The amount of emotion you put into this gave me chills. I think I'm gonna stare at this for several more hours now. And then look at the rest of your gallery and watch you.
Nekokumagoro Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's awesome o.o
The emotions... wah I think I love this picture! Thank you for that amazing fanart.
Sephiano Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow oh my gosh i could imagine this in khII
wow wow wow lol :hug:
this is so great
ansem taking over rikus body = X3 lol
SoilderAngelZack Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"I won't argue with Squeenix logics, since we already know their opinion on gravity (FF7 AC, anyone?)."

Dare I say it? I love you... That was the best laugh I've had all day and it's sooo true! you my dear artist are AWE-SOME!!!!
12051993 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Transforming into darkness looks so painful. :(

nice work though
UlurNaga Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
While i am aware that i've already comment this picture a long time ago, seeing it again made me feel like it warranted another :) It's really really incredible. excellent and beautiful portrayal. :D
DigiMoon93 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
AMASHINGNESS!!! Yes i do agree that little Riku has grown up from the little bastard into a very kind and calm adult. *nod nod*

BTW i always picture his transformations as in during a horrible and violent seizure-like flailing and extremely painful experience lolz
and you depict the pain and torment.
crismus-angel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Cool depiction! I never thought twice about how Riku took on Ansem's form until this.
WeebleClock Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Oh. my god. This is astoundingly cool. I love the simple way you work with colors; it's lovely and compliments the intensity of the lineart. Gorgeous. <3
Moriko-Demon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
An amazing piece! And instant fav...
That has always been my favorite part about Riku. <3 xD His struggle. I'm a sucker for torturing my boys. <3
Foye454 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
This picture is so, Amazing.

I really don't have words for it..;
Vee-Yince Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
sweet picture. i'm not going to lie, riku is one of my favorite KH characters.
Ladyshion Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Nice job.
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner May 6, 2009   Digital Artist
Nice work
Sinarra2007 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
omg he looks likes he's in so much pain I just wanna run up and hug him, this picture is so beautiful and is really a masterpiece no matter what anyone says about the stinkin' hands or anything else, I absolutely love it. Even if it does make me wanna' cry :(
Draculas-angel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Student General Artist
poor Riku *hug
x-chaoticdawn-x Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009 depicted the actually transformation and emotion to the dot. that's a great job you did there.
camelonajourney Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh god, this KILLS me. The mere emotions represented... I actually have tears in my eyes, and I NEVER cry.

*goes off to emo*
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